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Largest Solar Steam System in the World at Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple at Shirdi in Maharashtra has installed the world’s largest solar steam system. The solar powered cooker has the capacity to cook food for 20,000 people. This helps in reduction of green house gases – solar energy technology is used instead of diesel, cooking gas and firewood and produces zero emissions.

The solar cooking project which is environment friendly – reduces pollution and is cost saving.

The Hindu reports

By installing the solar powered cooker, at a cost of Rs 1.33 crore, the organiser can cook food for 20,000 people per day incurring cheaper cost on fuel.

The Centre has granted a subsidy of Rs 58.40 lakh so that Sri Sai Baba Sansthanan can save every year one lakh kg of LPG, estimated to cost Rs 20,00,000.

The steam system at Shirdi generates about 3,500 kg of steam every day. The system will generate steam for cooking even in the absence of electricity to run the feed water pump for circulating water in the system.

Tirupati Balaji Temple, Sringeri Mutt in Karnataka, Kalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh, Ambaji Temple in Gujarat and other temples and religious institutions are now using solar steam system in community kitchens and thus helping in reducing green house gases. (You can read about this in an earlier article in this blog.)

The solar cooking system at Tirupati Balaji Temple can cook food for 15,000 people. The solar steam system at the Brahma Kumaris spiritual organization in Mount Abu can cook food for 10,000 people.


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